Introducing Deborah Woodall-Carroll, LPCC-S
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I would recommend Debbie.
Our relationship was almost to divorce before the intensive. We wanted to work on communication and trust.
Our previous couples therapy was a religious program and not a very good experience for us.
The biggest hesitation was the cost and wondering if it would work for us.
Debbie Woodall-Carroll’s best skill I thought, was getting the information she needed out of us. The intensive was tough for me to let everything out.
I would recommend Debbie. She was patient and allowed us to talk to each other more than her which was very helpful.
Our communication is getting better and identifying the Horsemen. We are turning toward each other, Affection
To those considering an intensive I would say don't hesitate
"I urge you, for your happiness, to stop thinking about it and schedule it.
We needed help and we knew we needed something out of the norm...
something intense. Going bi-weekly or weekly wasn't enough.
My hesitation was not knowing the therapist. We had to leave it to chance that she would be someone we could both learn from.
Debbie Woodall-Carroll showed empathy, patience, listening, and reframing. My husband came to see why I'm so scared of his actions. The light bulb turned on. Debbie was so easy to talk with.
We have a better understanding of each other, a better way to communicate, empathy and honesty.
What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?
Don't wait! You'll wish you had done this sooner. I urge you, for your happiness, to stop thinking about it and schedule it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain, individually and together.
Available now for in-person marriage retreats in
in addition to online coaching and online therapy
M.S., Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, (Master of Arts in Community Counseling) 2006.
B.A, , Miami University, Oxford Ohio, (Bachelors of Science in Business) 1988.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Fully-certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist
When a couple comes into my office and don’t want to talk to one another, I work to build bridges to help them start communicating again. I don't “gang up on” anyone. Both need to feel their voice matters and that they are important. That is where I begin.
Couples have to believe that a therapist is invested. If the couple sense that the therapist does not believe in their relationship, they will likely follow the therapist’s lead. I believe that you can work better, regardless of how hopeless you feel.
You will recognize, "We can do things differently. We can change the way we communicate!"
There’s this “ah ha” moment when you understand you’ve misinterpreted something. A lot of tension gets defused. It’s the beginning of reconnecting and coming back together.
It seems obvious, but the biggest hurdle couples face is learning to communicate well. Learning to really listen to your partner and understand things from their perspective. It makes all the difference in a successful marriage.
As time goes on and life gets busy, true communication gets more difficult, while being more essential. You can practice and learn to overcome this challenge.
Are you willing to work on yourself? It’s normal when feelings are hurt to point the finger at the other person and blame them for what’s not working.
You'll learn that self-improvement benefits the relationship. You'll both learn to become less defensive and more open to sharing your feelings.
You may not know what you were doing that contributed to poor communication. I don't expect you to. Over the weekend intensive, you'll learn how to correct those problematic behaviors. You will also learn new ways to communicate and express yourself. You'll gain confidence in doing so from a place of love and understanding, rather than from anger or frustration.
One thing my clients truly appreciate about me is that I hold them accountable for their behavior without making them feel judged. This helps them focus on the changes they need to make without fear or recrimination and puts some positivity into the dynamic.
I do ask couples seeking marriage therapy with me to accept some basic ground rules around communicating with respect. There may be arguing, but there cannot be name calling or swearing at each other. I ask them to focus on what they are truly trying to express. Next I would like them both to be willing to work during the session and in between sessions to practice the new skills they are learning.
Be ready to challenge existing perspectives and beliefs. See old habits and patterns you are both stuck in and change them. It’s about self-awareness and doing things differently to have a positive effect on the relationship. We practice listening and, at first, I may point out a different perspective or help provide clarification.
You both can move forward knowing yourself and your partner better. And it can happen over a weekend!
I am a licensed professional clinical counselor or LPCC. In a nutshell, that means I am licensed to help people deal with emotional and mental health issues.
Helping people develop healthy coping and communication skills is important to me. I can see how these skills improve my client’s lives. I have seen, time and time again, my clients grow in self confidence and pride.
I received my undergraduate degree in business from Miami University. I worked in Human Resources for about 5 years then stayed home full time to raise my two boys. Counseling is actually my second career.
Clinically, I have worked with just about every population including children and adolescents, the elderly and nursing home residents, adults, college age students and military personnel. When I decided to go into private practice I chose to specialize in couples work.
My main focus is cognitive behavioral therapy. Basically, this means I look at the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
My first introduction to couples counseling came through working as an individual therapist. I had a client who was struggling to connect with his wife. She agreed to come in and I worked with them together for a period of time. I discovered that I really enjoyed working with both people, hearing both perspectives, and helping them truly hear what the other person was saying.
I have always been fascinated by people who could play the piano because it
seemed like such a mysterious instrument. No one in my family played music so I did not grow up around one.
Then I met my husband who is a talented piano player. I liked watching his hands move around the keyboard. I wanted to do the same.
Despite the years of training, my hands do not move over the keys like my husband's! However, I am determined to keep learning.
My husband and I are currently empty nesters. This is my second marriage. Between the two of us we have four children, three boys and one girl. Our children are each one year apart and live close by.
I understand the challenges couples face, especially blended families, because I lived in one. I think it can be too easy sometimes to walk away because things aren’t working out, especially given the pressures on blended families. I appreciate my spouse’s commitment to our relationship.
I feel strongly there are things these couples can do to stay and grow together. I’ve found that a commitment to the relationship is key to working through problems that crop up along the way.
In relationships, it sometimes takes tireless love and effort when a member of your family is at a low point in their lives. I thank my friends who were there to support me and have faith in me when I did not. My biggest supporter, however, remains my husband.
My office is located in Cincinnati, Ohio in a suburb called Sharonville. It is right off of I-275 which makes it convenient to get to. It is a comfortable space. Much thanks to my son’s girlfriend who helped me decorate!
We really enjoy spending time with our adult children and their significant others.
I like to read, play the piano, travel, spend time with friends, hang out with my dog and
I would say my love of reading and spending time with my dog, Cooper, are my two
I have always loved to read, I find it to be a wonderful escape. I especially enjoy mysteries interwoven with a good romance.
Cooper is such a source of comfort and relaxation. I call him my own
personal therapy dog!